This month’s guest blogger shares his about his journey from attendee to leader. He is writing from a different angle of leadership, leading a ministry at the church.
I used to be one of those back row Baptists who showed up at church on Sundays when it was convenient. I’d wander in, shake a hand or two, sit through the sermon daydreaming about whatever crossed my mind and then head back out. I had been a Christ follower for years, but grew up in a small town church where worship was more of a social gathering than a worship experience. I assumed this was “right.”
At some point I felt God talking to me, leading me to do something more. He continued to show and tell me “Hey, I am so much more than an hour on Sunday mornings.” I bet you have been at this point in your life as a Christ follower too. I looked for ways that I could grow in my faith, to be a better Christ follower and disciple. The obvious choice was one that God asks/tells all of us to do, serve. There are many opportunities to serve, especially at Lifepoint.
I signed up to serve in the First Impressions ministry. I started the way many of the folks in this ministry started, I wandered up to some guy who looked like he was in charge and asked “What can I do to get involved?” This was a leap of faith for me as I had NEVER served in the church in any way.
This has been one of the greatest experiences of my life. I lead a great group of volunteers who are passionate about Christ and helping others. It seems like a simple ministry: smiling, saying hello, opening a door, giving bulletins, or giving a tour to a visitor may all sound quite easy, actually it is. But, one thing I know, it has brought me closer to Christ! Serving people and making them feel welcome in the church building is one of the first steps in helping the unchurched get connected and that brings me and my team great joy.
I encourage you to get involved in a service opportunity, whether it is serving at Lifepoint, serving your community, or serving one another. The sense of community and accountability that you gain when you serve with others is one of God’s greatest gifts. Take that leap of faith and do like I did, find someone who looks like they might be in charge and ask “What can I do to get involved?”